Wednesday, June 25, 2008

NAFTA and WTO created fundamentally to stop socialism from gaining strength after the USSR

I know that it's fashionable to say that the problem with globalization was that it was corporate, but if you look at the timing of NAFTA and then WTO the motivations of the people putting it into place had a broader agenda than just the extension of corporate power. I don't think it's any coincidence that the USSR is dissolved by America's friend Yeltsin in '92, then NAFTA becomes an issue in the '92 election, then it's approved and implemented in '94. With the competition out of the picture, a competition that while stagnant still had nuclear weapons and a large army set up to resist a U.S. invasion, the elites wanted to put rules in place, first in Mexico, the U.S. and Canada, then globally, that would make socialist measures like nationalization of industry, extensive social welfare programs, taxes on foreign investment, denial of foreign investments that would reduce the country to the status of colony, funding of home grown industries, very hard to accomplish because of sanctions from the international community. Free trade was and is an excuse to implement a fundamentalist capitalist vision while preventing countries from resisting it through democratically decided policies.

They saw their opening and they took it, just like after they funded Yeltsin's illegal reelection they took the opportunity to impose market fundamentalism on their previous enemy, instituting "shock therapy" that lead to a drastic decrease in the standard of living that lead to starvation in certain areas as the state structure was destroyed.

None of this has to do fundamentally with justice or peace or anything like that. It has to do with power, the kind of power that the emerging alliance of countries in South America lead by Venezuela is hoping to counter by collectively pooling their country's individual power into something that can dispense with and challenge U.S. and European capitalism.

The trade pacts are also intended to prevent people in the U.S. from moving towards challenging their own economic model by putting restraints on the kind of social programs and progressive politics that could legally come into being, just in case a Progressive or Leftist movement ever got support now that the Evil Empire was no more.

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